Key Questions in Philosophy, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
6 months
3228 GBP/full
3228 GBP/full
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The Key Questions in Philosophy programme offered by The Open University UK  investigates five different topics in philosophy: truth in fiction, the justice of war, reason and action, life and death, knowledge and reason. 

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Each topic is approached through a set of key questions that are significant, accessible and engaging. Why do people seek out art that makes them cry? Can a war be fought justly? Can organisations be held responsible for what they do? What might it mean to say that life is sacred? Is science rational? 

The study materials of the Key Questions in Philosophy  programme offered by The Open University UK  will enable you to examine these questions in some depth while leaving space for independent study and reflection.

You will learn

In addition to investigating the philosophical questions described above, you will develop the reasoning and other abilities needed to engage with these questions yourself. You'll learn how to understand the structure of complex debates, to present an argument both through essays and through a short presentation, and to engage with controversial issues in a reasoned way. You'll also develop the skills needed for independent study and reflection. These abilities are highly valued by employers looking for staff able to approach complex and perplexing situations and to offer clear and sound arguments in response.

Programme Structure

There are five topics addressed via the module books:

  • Book 1: Truth in fiction
  • Book 2: War
  • Book 3: Reason in action
  • Book 4: Life and death
  • Book 5: Knowledge and reason

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from previous studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably at the OU.
  • This module is designed to build on existing skills of writing philosophically and of presenting and evaluating philosophical arguments. We strongly recommended our OU level 2 module, Exploring philosophy (A222), as preparation if you have not studied this subject before.

Tuition Fee

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    3228 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3228 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    3228 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3228 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.


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